"2011 WASTE WATCHER AWARD"
On 16 Aug 2011, the Recreation Authority Board was presented with a “2011 Waste Watcher Award" from the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) to recognize the success of the CRPR Park Recycling Project that was implemented with municipal and COG cooperation at 9 parks in 2010 and 2011.
CRPR began the pilot program in the summer 2010, which placed 25 recycling containers in 6 of the major Centre Region parks:
• Blue Spring Park • Circleville Park • Fogleman Field Complex
• Spring Creek Park • Tudek Park • Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
From June - December 2010, CRPR staff collected and recycled 436 lbs. of plastic (= 7,000 plastic bottles) and 165 lbs. of aluminum (= 4,950 aluminum cans) from the 6 parks.
For 2011, 3 additional sites were added:
• Park Forest Pool • Welch Pool • John Hess Softball Field Complex.
For January - July 2011, the 9 sites produced 920 lbs. of plastic (= 14,770 plastic bottles) and 313 lbs. of metals (= 9,375 alum. cans).
Photo: Authority Board Chair Sue Mascolo (on left) accepts the award plaque from Pam Adams (on right), representing the Professional Recyclers of PA.
News Release from PROP:
"The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) is pleased to recognize Pennsylvania’s most outstanding recycling programs and projects. The Pennsylvania Waste Watchers program recognizes recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and composting programs in Pennsylvania that have exhibited exemplary performance. This year, over 120 municipalities, counties, private businesses, individuals, and community organizations from throughout Pennsylvania are being recognized for going above and beyond what is mandated under Act 101 for their communities or programs. Act 101 – the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling & Waste Reduction Act – has helped generate significant economic and environmental benefits for over 20 years now. Recycling has become a billion dollar industry in Pennsylvania and with each passing year, there is a steady increase in the amount of collected recyclables and the number of jobs created by the industry. Recycling has saved precious resources and energy, limited greenhouse emissions as well as other air and water pollutants. This growth and success is the result of a serious commitment to recycling by individuals, businesses, government and recycling and organics industry personnel like these award winners."